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Elgar: Great is the Lord - Francis Brett (bass); Robert Quinney (organ); Choir of Westminster Abbey (choir, chorus); James O'Donnell (conductor)
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  1. Psalm 48 "Great is the Lord," anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 67
  2. They are at rest, anthem for chorus
  3. Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode: "So many true princesses who have gone", for chorus & military band
  4. Ave Maria gratia plena, motet for chorus, Op. 2/2
  5. The Apostles, oratorio for soloists, choruses & orchestra, Op. 49: The Spirit of the Lord
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  1. Psalm 48 "Great is the Lord," anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 67
  2. They are at rest, anthem for chorus
  3. Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode: "So many true princesses who have gone", for chorus & military band
  4. Ave Maria gratia plena, motet for chorus, Op. 2/2
  5. The Apostles, oratorio for soloists, choruses & orchestra, Op. 49: The Spirit of the Lord
  6. Te Deum and Benedictus, for chorus, orchestra & organ, Op. 34
  7. O Salutaris Hostia I, for chorus in F major
  8. Ave verum, motet for chorus, Op. 2/1
  9. Ecce sacerdos magnus, gradual for chorus & orchestra (or organ)
  10. O Hearken Thou, offertory for chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 64
  11. Give unto the Lord (Psalm 29), anthem for chorus, organ & orchestra ad lib, Op. 74
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The choral pieces on this CD -- anthems, hymns, odes, and service music -- support the proposition that Elgar was essentially a miniaturist who breaks the longer texts into shorter individual sections, each with its own character, rather than creating extended organic structures. Even his larger works, such as Enigma Variations and The Dream of Gerontius, are made up of relatively short building blocks. It's perhaps this quality of fragmentation that has kept his choral music on the fringes of the English cathedral choir ...

Elgar: Great is the Lord 2007, Hyperion

UPC: 034571175935

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